School board selects replacement for retiring member

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

The Clovis Schools board of education appointed a replacement for longtime board member Lora Harlan’s District 3 seat Tuesday.

Rodney Muffley, superintendent and chief financial officer of Clovis Cemeteries, was elected to the seat with a 2-1 vote.

Harlan couldn’t vote for her seat’s replacement and Vice President Terry Martin recused himself from the vote because he works with candidate Paul Cordova at the city and is on the Clovis Community College board with Muffley.

Both candidates were interviewed with the same questions in front of the board in a public meeting. The board voted on paper and then publicly.

Muffley said he and Cordova were both qualified candidates.

“There is a lot of work ahead for the school board. There are numerous things that need to be done and I’m happy to be a part of them,” Muffley said.

President Mark Lansford said Muffley will be sworn in at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Judge Stephen Quinn’s courtroom at the Curry County Courthouse.

Also during the meeting, the board approved the 2010-11 budget, totaling $87.7 million. The budget is a $5 million increase from last year’s $82.5 million.

The budget included a shortfall of $2.3 million, which comes from a decrease in the unit value and federal funding. It also includes a $1.05 million increase in cost, including certified staff salary changes and medical insurance premium increases.

Cuts of 28.5 positions district-wide made up for the budget shortfall. Positions were cut by moving positions around, Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said.

Chief Financial Officer Jose Cano said certain items in the budget increased from last year because of loss of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds.

In other business, the board:

• Recognized Chuck Tipton as the New Mexico School Board Association 2010 Excellence for Student Achievement Award Recipient.

• Approved a special school district general obligation bond election to be held Aug. 31.

Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said the election is being held about six months early. She said the bond will ensure state officials the community will pay their 20 percent for a new middle school. The Public Schools Capital Outlay Council will pay 80 percent of the funds needed.

• Approved the 2010-11 Title I Migrant Application to serve 150 migrant students.

• Approved the 2010-11 ESEA Consolidated Application.

• Approved the board policy J-1300/JFC which reflects a change in the law it is based on. Students who are 17 can no longer drop out of school.

• Approved a renewal of a lease for fleet service with Adair, Inc. for $1,112,091.14.

• Approved a request for bid for reroofing of Zia Elementary School. The bid was awarded to WWRC, Inc. for $898,800.

Deputy Superintendent of Operations Joel Shirley said the reroofing is expected to be finished Oct. 1.

The board also approved a change order for work to be done in the Highland Elementary School cafeteria and kitchen roofing. The change is in the amount of $14,027.98. Shirley said the change came from more damage than expected on physical inspection.

• Approved purchase orders including $38,585 for a 2010 Suburban, $26,891 for a 2010 3/4 ton cargo van, $14,334 for a canopy over the playground at Lincoln-Jackson Family Center, $16,320 for licenses for reading program Read 180, $279,725 for 40 MacBook Pro computers, 30 8GB iPod Touch, 170 iMac computers, five 32 GB iPads and other equipment, and $12,669 for air filters.

• Approved fundraiser requests and 38 budget adjustments.